#5 LEON CLARK  
  Class: 2012  
  Height/Weight: 5-9/180  
  Position: Running Back  
Hometown: Rochester, Minn.
High School: Century High School
 
 

AT ST. OLAF
2011
(Senior) - Rushed for his third straight 1,000-yard season... Was All-MIAC First Team as a running back... Finished his career with 3,240 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns, which is third all-time... Had five 100-yard rushing efforts... Had 137 yards and a touchdown in season-opening win over Luther... Had 124 yards and a score in victory over Gustavus... Had season-best 177 yards and two touchdowns in win over Carleton... Had three touchdown runs as a part of 99-yard rushing day in loss at Saint John's.

2010
(Junior) - Was All-MIAC First Team as a running back... Was second in the league in rushing and all purpose yards and third in kick return average... Rushed for 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns... The 1,000-yard season was Clark's second in a row as he moved into fourth all-time at St. Olaf for career rushing... Had seven 100-yard rushing efforts... His four to start the season ran his consecutive streak tosix, dating to week eight of his sophomore season... Had 276 all-purpose yards in team's win over Carleton on Oct. 16... Rushed for season-best 160 yards on 21 carries in win over Augsburg on Oct. 23... Returned three punts for 50 yards (16.7 yards/punt) and 13 kicks for 312 yards (24.0 yards/return), including a 91-yard touchdown... Had 23 receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown.

2009 (Sophomore) - Was a third team D3football.com All-Region selection... Was All-MIAC twice - as a running back and a utility player... Averaged 30.0/yards a return on 15 kick returns... Led the MIAC in all-purpose yards (1,782)... Was twice the MIAC's offensive player of the week... Rushed for 1,084 yards and five touchdowns in nine games... His 1,000-yard season was the school's first since 2001 and ranks fourth all-time... Missed week four vs. Augsburg with an injury... Rushed 25 times for 197 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, and caught a 21-yard score in Oles' 33-13 win over Luther on Sept. 5... Rushed for 166 yards and a score in team's rout of PLU on Sept. 12... Ran for 125 yards on 17 carries in team's loss at Saint John's on Oct. 16... Rushed for 201 yards on 33 carries with a touchdown in Oles' win at Gustavus on Nov. 7... Rushed for 261 yards on 26 carries in win over Hamline on Nov. 14... His 94-yard touchdown run all but sealed the team's win over the visiting Pipers.

2008 (First Year ) - Was the MIAC's special teams player of the week after returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in a 29-23, six OT victory over St. Thomas... MIAC player of the week after another 78 yard return against Hamline... Played in all ten games... Returned 16 kicks in for 507 yards (31.7/return) and a touchdown... Was also the team's primary punt returner, averaging 10.6 yards with a touchdown in 19 tries... Ranked fourth in the country in kickoff return average and 29th on punts... Had ten carries for 102 yards and a touchdown... Had 58 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 21-7 loss to Carleton College on Oct. 4.


AT CENTURY HIGH SCHOOL
Two-time all-state honorable mention selection... Was twice All-Big Nine... Three-time letterwinner.. All-conference honorable mention as a sophomore... Team MVP as a junior and senior... Varsity captain senior year... Had over 3,000 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns in career... Fall athlete of the year as a senior... Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior... Was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Team... Member of Outstate All-Star Team... Team won Conference title twice... Earned three letters in baseball... Was all-region as a junior, and was a two-time all-conference honoree.

PERSONAL
Son of Delia and Leon Clark.


FAVORITES
FOOD(S): Mac and cheese, cheesy fries, BBQ chicken
MOVIE(S): "Sherlock Holmes", "White Chicks", "Madea Goes to Jail"
TV SHOW(S): "American Idol", "Lie to Me", "Criminal Minds", "Glee"
BOOK(S): "A Problem From Hell" by Samantha Power, "The Immortal Life of Henrieta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, "Letters to a Young Brother" by Hill Harper
MUSICAL ARTIST(S): Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Drake
ATHLETE(S): Percy Harvin, Reggie Bush, Kobe Bryant
ROLE MODEL(S): Obama, my brother, my dad